Noam Chomsky Delivers Gaza Speech

By Sahar Zivan, October 19, 2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and prominent Israel critic Noam Chomsky has spoken at a conference at the Islamic University in Gaza.


Unnatural justice

October 18, 2012

The role of school governor is thankless - a position of great responsibility and very little reward. But grateful as we should be that there are those who are prepared to give their time and expertise to do the job, that does not exempt them from criticism when they err. And err is exactly what the governors of Clore Shalom have done in effectively expelling five Jewish children.


Court rejects attempt to halt school building

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

Campaigners opposed to a Jewish free school opening on the site of a former Mill Hill garden centre have lost a High Court application for an injunction to halt building work.

Construction of the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary is under way, with the centre’s glass roofs due to be removed before the end of the month.


Moriah Jewish Day School intruder seen off by staff

By Anna Sheinman, October 18, 2012

An intruder was chased off the grounds of Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner on Tuesday.

In an email to parents, head-teacher Alan Shaw wrote: “An intruder entered the far end of the school playing field from the housing estate on our western boundary. He was spotted immediately due to our strong security procedures [CCTV, security guard, vigilant staff] and chased off the premises.”


JFS pupils resit GCSEs

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Six per cent of JFS GCSE students are to retake English exams in the wake of the controversy over marking.

Eighteen students out of the 300-strong year group will resit their English GCSE on November 7. Almost as many students (16) retook English exams in January.

More than 45,000 pupils nationwide are retaking GCSE English following the row over tougher grading.


Kollel scheme is set to bridge educational gap in Yorkshire

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

A free, adult Jewish learning facility is being planned for Leeds.

The intention is for the Leeds community kollel to mirror projects in London and Manchester by funding 10 Orthodox families to move to the city to undertake rabbinic studies in a dedicated venue. The scheme would also support weekly lectures and text-based learning within Orthodox synagogues.


Oxford Centre welcomes new fellow in Israel studies

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2012

Supporters of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies welcomed its new fellow in Israel studies at a London reception on Tuesday

Dr Hizky Shoham, 37, who has been teaching at Tel Aviv University, will take up the post in January combined with a research lectureship at Oxford University.


Three-year-old pupils ‘expelled’ from Clore Shalom school

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2012

A fresh controversy has erupted over school admissions with a Jewish primary informing the parents of five nursery pupils that the children will almost certainly have to leave at the end of the year.

The decision comes after the school was told that it could not give priority for reception class places to children who had attended its nursery or whose parents belonged to a synagogue.


South London primary appoints head

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

The newly appointed head of the Jewish primary school opening in south London in 2013 wishes that it had been operational 15 years ago.

Kate Baum said that had “there been a school of this nature when my children were young I would have sent them there”.


Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.